Yes, I totally agree. I used to mow a mere 1.5 acres and it was all about minimizing turns of the 90 or 180 degree variety. I once tried to start in the middle and just mow a big spiral. It started out great except the mostly rectangular lawn then had some problematic corners to attend to and that was just a pain in the ass because if you wanted to clear a corner you suddenly had turns > 90 degrees and on my tractor that was really hard.
Being a hockey player I modeled my technique on what a zambonie does on the ice. the zamboni doesn't really like turns - it's on freaking ice- but it can do a 90 degree turn ok but never a 180. So it first goes down the middle and then across one end and up the far side, across the far end and up the middle again, but one-zamboni width over. Trying to guess the exact middle of your lawn is a bit tough and your efficiency largely rested on that initial choice.
At any rate, some overlap in lawn mowing is always preferably to never having to stop and turn around.